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“Thank You, But No”: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #3) for WIPpet Wednesday

Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date. It was resurrected by the lovely K.L. Schwengel, maven of bad boys, stock dogs, and flying monkeys, and is now in the capable fingers of Emily Witt, over at A Keyboard and an Open Mind.

For the last several weeks, I’ve been sharing from “Scavenger Hunt”, a Trip and T’Pol Star Trek: Enterprise fan fiction story I wrote during Story A Day September 2015, as part of my overarching novel/series/ whatever it’ll become, The IDIC Romance.

If you came here looking for some TnT lovin’….I’m sorry, and I’m not…

Because I have something brand-new to share with you!

Yup – while I’ve been letting my favorite inter-species duo delight you with their approach to Captain Archer’s ‘team-building exercises’, I’ve been busily tapping on keys. I’ve now completed the 5oK NaNoWriMo goal, and kept on going. At the moment, I’ve written over 63,000 words in Sea Changes, the third of my Kifo Island Chronicles series-in-the-making.

And today, I’m ready to share. I’ll be serializing the first scene, where we meet our first of three POV characters, Karina Karanova.

Rather than introduce Karina through exposition, I thought I’d just dive into her story. Because that might be a bit disorienting, here’s the premise of Sea Changes, so you have something to go on…

In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?


This passage, and all I share from this scene, are/will be NaNo rough. My plan is to let this novel draft rest for December, and begin creating a revision plan in January – just in time for the “Now What?” months...

WIPpet Non-Math:

  • Today is November 18, 2015. I meant to get to this while it still was the middle of the day, at least for me, but…

    “Thank You, But No”

Karina sighed.

She hated everything about the clay. The texture, the smell, the way it stuck to her fingers if she didn’t wet it from the bucket at her side, and the way the wet slimy clay dripped over her fingers and down to her wrists, where it tickled. So did her nose, but she couldn’t scratch it without getting the gloppy mess all over her face, or taking the time to wash her hands.

She sighed again.

Would you like a cup of tea?”

She hadn’t heard the proprietress come up beside her, and now she had the hot flush of shame to deal with, and no high fur collar to hide herself behind. Why had she fastened her hair before she sat at this table?

I don’t mean to intrude,” the girl, whose name Karina had already forgotten, said softly. “But you don’t seem to be having much luck, and it’s easier to work the clay when you’re not tense. Tea might help, or coffee, if you’d rather.”

Thank you, but no.” Karina didn’t look up; she didn’t want to see the other woman – so young, and so free to live her own life in this place. Jealousy was a sin, and didn’t serve anyone. She thumped and pounded the mass of clay, which did nothing at all to cooperate with her.

Are you sure? I don’t mean to be forward – ”

“I don’t have time for tea.” *

*The final quotation marks are an add-on. The passage goes on further, but my brain won’t let me leave the quotes out, and I’m not ready to share the rest of the quotation, just yet.

Why is Karina working with clay when she hates it?

Why is she jealous of the proprietress?

Why does she have no time for tea?

Some of these questions may be answered – and others will certainly be posed- next week, so be sure to come back then to learn more about Karina and her story.

And, if you’re missing TnT, here’s the link to the final snippet of “Scavenger Hunt”, with links to all the other snippets.

I’m also still serializing the prequel to this story, “Mission Accomplished”, over at #8sunday. You can read the current snippet, “In the Court of T’Pol”, now, and the next segment goes live just after midnight on Sunday. There’s also a list so you can catch up, if you’re coming in late.

Want more WIPpet Snippets? You can find them, and even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

8 thoughts on ““Thank You, But No”: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #3) for WIPpet Wednesday

    1. She’s definitely unhappy, our Karina. And the prospects for future happiness seem more than a little grim, at the moment…

      For her, pounding clay is never going to be helpful. It’s a texture and personality thing. I love clay. Karina does not. She loves velvet. I do not.

      Hopefully, she’ll find something that does help, along the way….

    1. Exactly. She’s not any of those things at all….and I’m good at fiction…Stuck is particularly apt. She’s hugely stuck, with no obvious way out.

      I’m glad you’re back to read some TnT. You might want to peek at my blog from time to time in December…I may just have a surprise or two (or 31) in the works…. =)

  1. Ha. I loved throwing on the wheel. It didn’t love me. I couldn’t manage anything higher than a few inches before it went off-center, wobbled about, and crashed. However, I vividly remember the feel of slip drying on your fingers and, of course, your nose ALWAYS itched when you couldn’t scratch it.

    1. ^^^ That. I did make one really good bowl, though. I was a teenager and there was a hot college guy with his arms around me to steady the clay. 😛 I was so self-conscious I couldn’t properly enjoy it. :-/

      1. I love that you shared this, and, if you couldn’t enjoy it in the moment, may it bring you pleasing memories now! It certainly made me grin a little. And young me – probably a similar reaction, although I’m rather innately unsure of where I stop and other things start, so I doubt a really good bowl would have been a likely outcome!

    2. I’ve always wanted to throw on a wheel. I think that’s why the pottery shop is such a big part of Kifo Island (it’s featured in all three novels, so far).

      Long ago, when I lived with my late fiance, our landlady was a potter of some reknown, and she had her kiln in the garage behind the duplex. I always wanted to ask her if I could learn something from her, but Tim was ill with cystic fibrosis, and needed a lot of care, and, after he died, I just wasn’t in that place. Then her husband got transferred, the house was sold, and I lost touch.

      Karina is not in a place to handle an itchy nose and drippy fingers. She also has a textural aversion to clay that may have its roots in how I feel about – shudder – velvet…

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